13-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot in Lancaster; Brother Named Person of Interest

Investigators respond to the scene where a 13-year-old girl was fatally shot in Lancaster on Aug. 13, 2019. (Credit: Don Luis Meza)

Investigators respond to the scene where a 13-year-old girl was fatally shot in Lancaster on Aug. 13, 2019. (Credit: Don Luis Meza)

Update: The victim’s brother has been named a suspect in her fatal shooting. Please read “Brother Sought in Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old Girl in Lancaster” for Wednesday’s updated version of this story.

Original post: Homicide detectives are investigating after a teen girl was shot and killed in a residential area of Lancaster Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported around 5:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of West Avenue J15, a street lined with two-story condominiums, according to a news release from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.

The 13-year-old victim was taken to the Antelope Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, a deputy told KTLA.

Authorities have not released the girl’s name, but they say they’re searching for her brother, 18-year-old Eddie Alvirez, as a person of interest in the case.

It’s unclear what led up to the fatal gunfire. Video from the scene showed the investigation appeared to be centered inside a residence on the street.

Detectives remained at the scene Tuesday night. No further details were immediately available.

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